November 20, 2013
Cornish Dance Theater Fall Concert Features “Echad Mi Yodea”
: Photo by Photo: Chris Bennion. Choreographer: Iyun Ashani Harrison .
: Photo by Photo: Chris Bennion. Choreographer: Iyun Ashani Harrison .
Those who attended the annual Cornish gala last Sunday were rocked by the Cornish Dance Theater’s performance of an excerpt of Ohad Naharin’s Echad Mi Yodea. Dance fans can see the entire performance – and more – this Friday and Saturday.
Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, will the Fall 2013 Concert with choreography by Pat Hon, Wade Madsen, Marlo Martin, and Ohad Naharin Friday, November 22 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 23, 2 and 8 p.m. at Broadway Performance Hall. The Saturday matinee performance will be followed by an informal question and answer period. Tickets range from $5 to $10 and are available online or by phone at 800.838.3006.
About the Performance
Former Batsheva Dance Company member Ariel Freedman staged Naharin’s Echad Mi Yodea on Cornish dancers as part of the Naharin Restaging Residency. Echad Mi Yodea or The Chair Dance is Naharin’s signature work, performed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in addition to Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company. The dance counterpoints qualities of delicacy, obsession, and exactness, with the dancers balancing on the razor’s edge between wild abandon and painful control. Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers and Cornish College of the Arts is honored to be the first Seattle dance organization to stage his work.
Guest choreographer Marlo Martin’s highly athletic work challenges the dancers to move through space with dynamism and nuance. The dance is based on the vulnerability of being watched, and wanting to disappear versus the need for recognition. Faculty member Pat Hon’s Destination Unknown is set to an adaptation of Israeli composer Betty Olivero’s silent film score for The Golem, How He Came into the World. Within the piece, anxious travelers wait at a train station, unsure of what their journeys hold. Fraught with emotion, the dancers struggle with separation from the familiar. Wade Madsen draws upon the energy and verve of the 1920’s, infusing his work with inspiration from Vaudeville, Rhythm Tap, and the Charleston. The dancers in the piece each take on a role in this upbeat flapper-era celebration.
The Naharin Restaging Residency at Cornish and the staging of Echad Mi Yodea on Cornish Dance Theater were made possible by funding from the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation.
About the Choreographers
Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company since 1990, he has guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. Naharin is also the originator of an innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers. Naharin’s compelling choreographic craft and inventive, supremely textured movement vocabulary have made him a favorite guest artist in dance companies around the world. His rich contributions to the field of dance have garnered him many awards and honors including the prestigious Israel Prize for dance (2005), two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement (2009), and others.
Ariel Freedman began dancing and choreographing at the age of three in her living room. She earned her BFA at The Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of the Martha Hill Prize. After graduating, she performed with AszURe & Artists, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, and David Parker and The Bang Group. She danced with the Batsheva Ensemble for two seasons and with the Batsheva Dance Company for three. She teaches Gaga and performs with Kidd Pivot, Motley Dance and Keigwin + Company.
Patricia Hon performed extensively for 10 years with ballet companies in France, Austria, Spain, and Germany. In 1983 she received the National Endowment for the Arts’ Choreographic Fellowship and since then has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Summer Inventions, Singapore Ballet, Ballet Concerto of Miami, Goh Ballet in Canada, Federal Ballet Company of Malaysia, Ballet Petit, and for dancers competing in the International Ballet Competitions in Jackson, Mississippi. Before coming to Cornish in 1978, she taught at the Morelli Studios in New York and in Florence, Italy. Pat began studying ballet at the age of 10 in her native Singapore and continued her studies at Rosella Hightower’s Centre de Danse Classique in France. She also studied Flamenco and Classical Spanish dance in Madrid, Spain, and performed with the foremost Spanish dance company, Antonio and his Ballets of Madrid, before coming to New York to attend the Joffrey School and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She has been teaching for 36 years as Professor in the Dance department at Cornish College of the Arts. Between June and December 2008, Pat was Head of Dance at the School of the Arts, Singapore, where she continues to teach in the summer.
Wade Madsen has been teaching in the Seattle area for over 35 years. He has taught at Cornish College of the Arts for over 29 years and premiered nearly 31 dances for Cornish Dance Theater. Wade currently teaches community classes at Velocity Dance Center. He finds new growth and stamina as a teacher with various workshops and performances throughout the country. He has taught at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop for 31 years. Wade has produced and performed his own work with his company Wade Madsen and Dancers in Seattle since 1977. A former member of the Bill Evans Dance Company and Tandy Beal & Company, Wade has received choreographic grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State, King County, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist’s Trust, and Allied Arts. Most recently he was honored by Velocity Dance Center for his body of work as a choreographer and teacher. He has received the Outstanding Teacher award three times during his teaching career at Cornish. His work has been produced internationally and in Seattle by the Allegro! Dance Festival, Seattle Dance Project, On the Boards, Bumbershoot, Rockhopper Dance, d-9 dance collective, Spectrum, Seattle Opera, and ACT Theater. He has also performed with various dance groups in Seattle, including Spectrum Dance Theater, DanceWorks Northwest, Amy O’Neal, Amy Legendre, and Co-Motion Dance. Madsen has been a collaborative company member with Dayna Hanson since 2004. Wade is currently working with Dayna Hanson on a new project that will premiere in the fall of 2013 at On the Boards.
Marlo Martin is a director, choreographer, teacher, and producer in Seattle, WA. She finds fulfillment and joy in celebrating and practicing all that encompasses and defines dance. Martin founded and currently directs eXit SPACE, a center for dance education and performance opportunities for the beginning student through professional level dancer. Martin has grown eXit SPACE from a single room studio (2006) with two teachers into a 2600 square foot facility with three studio spaces, 12 faculty members, housing for local dance companies, and over 60 classes per week. While developing eXit SPACE Marlo has also continued to work as a choreographer. She has created works for her own company, oaklanDrive (2005-2009) and badmarmarDANCE (2010-2013), as well as for fellow modern dance companies in Seattle, on a project by project basis. Since moving to Seattle in 2002 her work has been presented at Under Construction (Velocity Dance Center 2003), oaklanDrive rep concerts (Seattle, 2005-2009), The Bridge Project Velocity Dance Center, the High Wire Series Seattle U, 12 Minutes Max On the Boards (2005, 2010, 2012), BASH theater, Sapience Dance Collective, Redd Legg Dance, A Moving Conversation The Fremont Abbey, Evoke Dance Production’s Full Tilt, Beyond the Threshold / Spotlight on Seattle (2011, 2013), the BOOST dance festival (2010-13), the Fall Kick Off Velocity Dance Center, NEXTfest NW Velocity Dance Center, self-produced full length tenSIDES (2012) and SPLIT BILL (2013). Currently, Marlo teaches weekly technique classes at eXit SPACE, she is thrilled to be a faculty member at Strictly Seattle 2013, and she will be traveling to Western Michigan University teaching master classes and setting a new work. Overall, Marlo is a lover of all things dance. She is genuinely interested in sharing her vision and ideas through teaching and creating dance, by developing forums for the exploration and presentation of dance works, and by supporting and nurturing fellow dancers, artists, and directors.
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